Yesterday, I visited Dent’s Meadow, the spot where John Wilkes Booth and David E. Herold first set across the Potomac River. What follows is the short video clip that I made while standing on that Maryland shoreline:
Further images will come later as I complete a Crossing the Potomac Picture Gallery. In the meantime, here is an animated image of the spot in 1901 and now:
EDIT: One reader was a little confused regarding the location where I shot my video versus the location of Henry Woodland in the photograph taken by Osborn Oldroyd in 1901. I created this little map to hopefully alleviate that confusion:
Great idea to superimpose the woodcut of Booth & Herold over Dent’s Meadow! I am confused and disoriented, tho, about those piers in the water. . Your clever back n forth shots of Henry Woodland standing there, then and now, shows a pier jutting out on the north end of Dent’s Meadow. But it’s not there in your video! I don’t get it. A similar pier stands on the south end of Dent’s Meadow in your video. Please help me to figure this out!